Monsters Retake Thailand's Government and Vow to Resume Mass Drug War Murders

We've reported here extensively on the thousands of extra-judicial killings by Thailand police of supposed drug offenders during the regime of now-deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Following the coup which took Thaksin out of power, a government panel prompted by calls from human rights organizations determined that most of Thaksin's murder victims were not even involved with drugs. Recently the Thai government voted to bring the monsters back into power by electing Thaksin crony Samak Sundaravej as the new prime minister. He has already shown his stripes -- reporting from the Associated Press, via Drug WarRant:
New Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej insisted Friday that he is not a puppet of deposed leader Thaksin Shinawatra, despite having boasted during campaigning that he was Thaksin's proxy. [...] Samak also said the new government will reintroduce Thaksin's controversial approach to combatting drug trafficking, defending the "drug war" conducted by Thaksin's government that led to the death of about 2,500 people in 2003-2004. [...] Interior Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung said Thursday that the ministry would launch a tough anti-drug campaign, particularly in border areas, that will yield results within 90 days.
How many drug war murders will Sundaravej commit? Have some Thai police officers already taken the encouragement to resume the rampage?
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Get ready for 90 days of rape, torture, and cold blooded murder, all in the name of the drug war.

Thai Drug War

All the information I've been reading about the Thai government's medieval approach to drug prohibition has been monsooning on a dream I've had of moving there to enjoy my twilight years (I'm 62) in the land of smiles and sunshine. Problem is, I suffer from a condition that causes me severe and chronic pain --- and cannabis does a great job of treating it. As a Viet Nam vet, I've got memories of a wide-open drug scene in SE Asia which, I know, is seriously dated.
One reason I have for emigrating is to escape from the fascism of this culture. But still, cannabis use is 'legal' in my state, Washington, though the implementation of the MMJ legislation is DEA-dominated and pathetic. But one thing is sure in Seattle: You won't get terminated for MJ use/possession if busted, even if you don't have a license for MMJ.
I also have the dream of life without opiates for the pain. Only MMJ, to my knowledge, can make that possible.

Thus, I am seriously bummed by this, seemingly incongruous, reign of terror around dope in Thailand. I'm chronically naive, I know, but I thought it was a laidback place full of nice, easygoing people, people of a sybaritic inclination, pleasure lovers.
The two things clash very badly.

I'd appreciate any help I could get to better understand what the real deal is for someone like me in lovely Siam.

Thai Drug war

I live in Thailand. I am from Seattle, I am a vet. these people that get involoved in the drug war are out to make a fast buck, transporting chem. that kills. Ya Bah They are not moving pot. Its pure killing junk. Don't even class this stuff as drugs. Then they run and shoot at cops because they have a death pen. and they don't want to be taken in. Thinking drugs should be legal if must fine if you wish, but spreding the crap lies that are on this set is pure BS get a life. now they are raping and the gov elected by the people over a military takover are monstor F--- Y---

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if you're not part of the solution...

Read the reports of Thailand's own human rights organizations about this. Thaksin is a monster, and from the sound of it so is the new guy. This is factually based -- deal with the truth -- if you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem.

David Borden, Executive Director
StoptheDrugWar.org: the Drug Reform Coordination Network
Washington, DC
http://stopthedrugwar.org

Hmm

Well see that is the problem. If some thai cop caught someone with MJ what would they do, let them go or blow them away?

They should let them go, shouldn't even consider it a reason for stopping the person. Chemical drugs ARE bad and they ARE meant to kill their users, those that traffic them for greed SHOULD be shot. However leave maryjane out of it - And real opium is not bad just don't smoke it often or too much of it. It comes from the pedal of a flower!

petal of the flower?

Opium comes from the extract that exudes out of the large pod left after the flower has bloomed and the petals fallen off. Heroin comes form the same substance. But, it's true name diacetyl-morphine, leaves one with a sense that it, also , is not the demon everyone fears. Abuse may lead to addiction, so why even abuse it? Same with all of the "opiates". Some people are, stupid, risk takers!

Thailand is SUPPOSED to be a

Thailand is SUPPOSED to be a country functioning under the rule of law. Alleged law-breakers are entitled to a fair trial. How can you possibly condone the practice of police death squads going out shooting whoever they want to. There's been no evidence brought forward that the thousands murdered were key figures in the drug trade. And if some of them were, they should have been put in front of a court and tried.

Anonymous, what's this crap about living here? You don't know what happens to people caught with grass? Are you autistic? How long have you been here? Who do you think sells the stuff? How do they get it? And who sells the more powerful drugs? You should get out more.

Seems like you should do some reading before you make your silly comments. 'I'm a vet.' oh,yeah, AND? You may find doing some googling on stuff like Samak, Black October, Thaksin and the Drug War gets you into a condition where you are sufficiently up to speed to be able to participate in a discussion about this topic. You could start by looking at New Mandala. Have a look at today's Bangkok Post editorial.

By the way, opium doesn't come from a petal. It comes from the seed pod, after the flower has died. (Why do you mention that? Is there a point? Surely not that because it's a botanical it's harmless & good? Crap!) You are welcome to your opinion about it, but the fact is, the way the world is right now, it is responsible for a huge amount of misery and crime, as well as keeping people in the third world in a state of poverty and subjection.

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